IPA Crab Salad Sliders with Apple Daikon Slaw

There are some rules to Party Food. Not a lot, just a few. After all, parties are about lack of restrictions.  First, there needs to be a bit of portability involved. One hand, no utensils type of portability. If you’ve every tried to navigate the consumption of food that requires a knife and fork while […]

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Beer Marshmallows with Chocolate Mint Beer Sauce

I told you last year that I wouldn’t further assault you with tales of my trip to Ireland for Saint Patricks day, until it was close to Saint Patricks Day. But here we are, just a week away. So I’ll force another story of Ireland down your throat. But I made you some beer marshmallows, so I […]

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Molasses Stout Glazed Salmon with Herb IPA Mashed Potatoes

No matter how often you move, there are things that you forget. Every time. You forget that you won’t know which drawer to put Sharpie markers and batteries in (they always end up in the same drawer), you’ll turn to grab the knife from where is “used to be,” you won’t know where the Target […]

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Stout Soaked Mushrooms and Herbed Goat Cheese Crostinis

Photos from my Instagram account  I made it. From LA to Seattle, up Highway 1. Past fat lazy seals, miles of winding coastlines, epic Redwoods, and into an unusually sunny Seattle. Although the sun has now given way to the typical rain, it’s somehow comforting. Although figuring out how to wield a camera in low […]

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Blood Orange Beer Pound Cake

I’m sitting in a coffee shop in a little part of East LA called Silverlake. Near the house that’s no longer my home. All of my belongings, except an oversized suitcase and some beer, are packed tightly into a moving truck somewhere along the West Coast. It occurs to me that I don’t really live […]

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Chicken Thighs with Rosemary Tomato Beer Sauce

In high school I had a guidance councilor ask me what I thought I would be when I grew up. Not “what do you want to be” but “what do you think you will be,” much different questions for a kid, and much more accurate window into the future. I thought about it for a […]

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Roasted Asparagus with Beer Béarnaise Sauce

I’m living in a maze of boxes that seem to push up from the ground like stalagmites in a mid century modern cave. The move is just a week away, starting with a meandering drive up Highway 1 with my fat lazy bulldog. And still, it doesn’t seem real. The 78 degree days, don’t feel like […]

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White Bean White Ale and Ham Soup

Most of the phases of life we live fade in a way that we don’t really know the exact moment it ends. We don’t always  know the day we stopped being children or the moment we fell out of love, or the day a big friendships started to drift away. With moving, you know. You […]

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Hello Seattle + Spicy Steamed Mussels in Beer

  Photos in this post were taken in Seattle with vintage Polaroid cameras by my  incredibly talented sister Kim van Groos  Check out her Flickr, it’s very impressive.   I told you last week that I’m in the process of saying goodbye to Los Angeles. A process made easier by the fact that it will […]

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Goodbye Los Angeles + Avocado Wit Beer Alfredo

The photos in this post  were taken with a vintage film camera in or around Los Angeles over the past 10 years. I took them with a 1965 Nikon F (excluding the pasta photos) Los Angeles has become a part of me, imbedded itself into my soul and grew me into the person I have become. […]

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